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Sediment study

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The Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released findings of a study outlining ways to improve water quality, fish habitat and reduce the amount of material dredged from the Clinton River.

A seminar to discuss the Clinton River Sediment Transport Modeling Study was held at the Macomb Intermediate School District Building in Clinton Township.

James Selegean of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the federal government directed the Detroit District office to develop sediment transport models for tributaries to the Great Lakes that discharge to areas of concern, which in this case was the Clinton River pouring into Lake St. Clair.

Three computer models introduced were developed to simulate land-use changes in the watershed and how those changes affect the amount of sediment that gets carried into the Clinton River watershed, Selegean said.

"The models will assist state local resource agencies in evaluating alternatives for soil conservation and non-point source pollution prevention in the tributary watersheds," said Selegean, noting the intent of the study is to provide guidance on how to better manage the watershed from a sediment perspective.    more...

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